Strong Texas Winds Hit Elon Musk's Starship Prototype And Down It Goes

Image tweeted by SpaceX's Elon Musk of components that will be used to prepare the new Starship vehicle for flight

SpaceX's giant rocket ship was blown over and damaged by powerful winds in Texas - and Elon Musk says repairs will take weeks

The prototype is important for SpaceX as the results of the experiments would determine its success and failures and would notify SpaceX on how to work on the main rocket Starship which is an 18-story rocket which would have a capacity to hold 100 people or 150 tonnes of cargo that will be launched to Mars. Musk said the prototype will need "weeks" of repairs before SpaceX can proceed with planned test launches. The Hopper prototype has the same 30-foot diameter as the future Starship, but is shorter, according to Musk.

"Starship" test rocket suffered a serious setback when it was knocked over by strong winds in Texas.

"I just heard. 50 miles per hour winds broke the mooring blocks late last night & fairing was blown over".

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Going by recent status updates and Musk's estimate of how long it will take to fix the fairing damage, we might finally see Starhopper fly sometime in March.

Mr Musk had previously indicated that the test rocket could be ready for trial flights within four weeks, but admitted it could be as long as eight weeks when unforeseen issues are factored in.

Damage was done to the nosecone of the prototype, a hollowed-out structure made of aluminum to give the appearance of an actual rocket.

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The prototype is a critical experimental vehicle whose successes (or failures) will inform how SpaceX works toward a full-scale, orbit-ready prototype of Starship: a roughly 18-story spaceship created to one day ferry up to 100 people and 150 tons of cargo to Mars.

SpaceX has worked feverishly to build the vehicle since at its facility in southern Texas since late a year ago. He said that rocketship would have "thicker skins (won't wrinkle) & a smoothly curving nose section".

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